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A hit with the kids: 2013 Carlton Community Sports Carnival

Carlton Community Sports Carnival (CCSC) was held at Melbourne University Sports Grounds, Saturday, November 23rd, 2013.The Sports carnival provided the children from Carlton and surrounding suburbs a chance to come down and participate in a soccer tournament and meet other members of their community.

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This was a multicultural event as well as an open event, meaning children from different socio-economic groups and cultures came down to play soccer and enjoy the carnival atmosphere. The 200 strong crowd were made up of The Carlton Estates (Horn of Africa) and young people from suburbs like Collingwood, North Melbourne Huddle, and Westgate communities. Young females were very strongly represented at the event.

With 20 teams registered and matches played on five pitches simultaneously. The volunteers from the FC11 Soccer Academy (nicknamed the “Toolangi Crew”) maintained contact with team managers, referees and the tournament manager to ensure all the teams were ready for their matches as they came about. The boys did an excellent job and were seen frantically running between the administration “base-camp” and their assigned pitches all day!

Winners by age/gender category

9 -11 Girls - G warriors

9 -11 Boys - Carlton Juniors (in a penalty shoot-out)           

12 – 14 Girls - Young Carlton Girls (in a penalty shoot-out)

12 – 14 Boys – Carlton

There were a number of individual awards given out on the day: Best goal, best and fairest and best goalkeeper. Other participation awards include The Best Cheerer and the all important Sports Without Borders Fair Play award.

Tarik Bayrakli, General Manager of Sports Without Borders, managed the CCSC and also coordinated the volunteer program design to train individuals in running community events.  They were encouraged to develop skills in scheduling, catering, entertainment, and logistics. The volunteers were from the University of Melbourne, the FC 11 Soccer Academy, Drummond Street Services and friends of Sports Without Borders. A special mention goes to Silan Pektas, Tracy Liu, Hayley Teasdale and Atilla Yazar for their invaluable contribution in the CCSC Organising Committee.

Partnership consultant Mary Robb from the Melbourne University Engagement and Partnerships Office is to be commended for her role in bringing Melbourne Universities Values of honesty, integrity and freedom from all discrimination to the carnival organising committee.

Jennifer Kannis, State Member for Melbourne, was on hand to witness the event and present prizes at the end. Here is a sample from Hansard from Victorian Parliament November 28, 2013, where she spoke about the event.

“The third Carlton Community Sports Carnival was held at Melbourne University on 23 November. The event brought together the Carlton community, local sports clubs and primary schools with the University of Melbourne and major sports clubs and organisations. The day included soccer competitions for girls and boys, sport clinics, a free barbecue, pop-up entertainment and an arts and creative area. I thank Sports Without Borders, the University of Melbourne, the University of Melbourne sports centre, Drummond Street Services and the City of Melbourne for their organisation and support of the event. It was terrific to see such a high level of participation, skill and enthusiasm.”

A great day for the Carlton Community and its neighbours.

Special Thanks:

-       Sport Clinic operators sports clinics (Netball Victoria, Tennis Victoria, Athletics Victoria and Melbourne Heart FC)

-       Samuel Gebremichael (an Ethiopian marathon runner) who helped set up and assisted the Athletics clinics

-       Melbourne Heart FC for allowing SWB to borrow their pop-up goals!

-       Carlton FC for giveaways. The hats and scarf give-aways were popular.

-       Football Federation Victoria  - The mini soccer ball give-aways were a hit!

-       Drummond St Services – For all the encouragement and making sure the Free BBQ was run smoothly.

-       Foodbank – for donating 30 loaves of bread.

-       Melbourne University – Thanks for letting us use your venue, big shout out to Professor Phillip Batterham – the Provost Fellow.

-       Melbourne University Sport and Amanda McBurney for their assistance on the day and MEPO (Melbourne Engagement & Partnership Office) – thanks to Mary Robb and Jacinta Kubis – your support was invaluable.

-       MC S.K. and DJ Kieran O Sullivan. Thank you for sharing your tunes with everyone.

-       Ben The Crepes Guy – The Sweet Tooth’s were satisfied!